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Walk Report: Wharfedale Day 2

Date: 6th Apr 2007 Stats: 11.0 miles, 500 feet Weather: Blue skies, warm, no wind, no rain Trig Points: 3: TP4020 – Horse Head, TP3179 – Firth Fell, TP4811 – Middlesmoor Pasture Fells: 1: Horse Head Moor Other Info: Overnight parking in Kettlewell, using 2 tickets from the P&D machine...

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Walk Report: Wharfedale Day 1

Date: 5th Apr 2007 Stats: 9.0 miles, 1600 feet Weather: Blue skies, warm, no wind, no rain Trig Points: 0 Fells: 0 Other Info: Overnight parking in Kettlewell, using 2 tickets from the P&D machine Summary: Kettlewell, Dales Way to Buckden, Hubberholme, Yockenthwaite, Beckermonds, Eller Car Moss Key to symbols:...

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On-line Outdoor Retailers

A short entry, I just wanted to jot down a few thoughts about online retailers, especially the “outdoor” ones. In my experience, there are three categories of these; great, awful and indifferent. The vast majority fall into the indifferent category of course, neither providing an outstanding service, nor doing anything...

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Nothing worse than dog shit?

In some respects, I’m very fortunate in where I live, although I’m in the middle of the Cheshire plain with hardly a hill for miles around, I have a load of local dog walks on my doorstep. Two minutes walk from my house and I can be walking along the...

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Walk Report: Gunnerside

Date: 17th Mar 2007 Location: Yorkshire Dales Distance: 12.0 miles Ascent: 2000 feet Time: 4 hrs 10 mins Weather: Starting cloudy and cool, clearing and warming as the day progressed Trig Points: 0: Wainwrights: 0: Walking with: Alone Access details: Free parking at Surrender Bridge Walk summary: Surrender Bridge, Old...

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Bits & Bob’s

No, thats not a punctuation error in the title of this entry, its a pun, which you may spot if you read on a bit further. My kit list is looking remarkably complete, albeit virtually. I have kit on back order that still hasn’t been delivered, which is very frustrating,...

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The Quest for the Holy Gra…. er… Rucksack

I am heartily sick of looking for a rucksack now, I am in danger of just saying “bollocks to it” and buying the next one I see. But I have steeled myself to the task in hand and will not waver in the face of overwhelming odds 🙂 My shortlist...

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The Stove

The stove selection process was even easier than that of the sleeping bag. I know nothing about camping stoves – nothing at all. Therefore I have no idea what to look for, no preconceived ideas of what to expect, no baggage at all in the “I quite fancy…” department. As...

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The Sleeping Bag selection

Selecting my sleeping bag was probably one of the easier kit selections I had to make for this backpacking equipment. It certainly had the shortest shortlist in my notebook. I decided quite early on that I wasn’t going to be able to afford a good down bag and besides, I...

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Selecting a tent

With a target weight of 7.5Kg and a budget of £500, the key word that springs to mind is compromise. In general terms, the lighter the piece of kit, the more expensive it becomes. Therefore the trick is to get the balance right, as lightweight as you can possibly afford....